Selangor Sultan Says PAS Chief’s Statement After Royal Audience About Bon Odori Inaccurate

Participants dressed in traditional Japanese dance on stage during the Bon Odori festival in Shah Alam on July 21, 2018. ― File photo by Azneal Ishak

By Radzi Razak

Friday, June 17, 2022 12:40 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 ― The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today said that the statement of the PAS Commissioner of Selangor, Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi, after being summoned to a hearing to discuss matters relating to the festival Bon Odori, was not accurate.

Her Majesty’s Private Secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani said the part where Roslan said, “Her Majesty wanted to know our position on the celebration of Bon Odori. Her Majesty gave her point of view and we also let Her Majesty know that we respect Her Majesty’s position”, is not at all accurate and clarified that this was not what happened during of the hearing.

Mohamad Munir said that Her Majesty has only declared Her Majesty’s position not to restrict the Japanese cultural festival “Bon Odori” to be held in Selangor as it is only cultural in nature.

“His Majesty has also not prevented any Muslims from attending until a thorough study has been made of the festival, whether religious or cultural in nature, to avoid any confusion within the community. , especially the Muslim community,” he said in a statement today. .

Datuk Munir said that apart from Yunus, during the audience before His Majesty at Istana Bukit Kayangan Shah Alam on Tuesday evening, several members of the House of the Ruler of Selangor were also invited to attend the meeting, namely the chairman of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, Tengku Seri Wangsa Diraja Tengku Datuk Ramli Alhaj Tengku Shahruddin Shah and Datuk Setia Salehuddin Saidin.

Earlier, Yunus urged the Selangor state government on June 10 to ban Muslims from participating in the Bon Odori festival.

This is despite the fact that Sultan Sharafuddin last week ordered the Islamic religious department in Selangor (Jais) to allow the Bon Odori festival scheduled for next month to proceed.

Sultan Selangor had also said that he himself had attended the festival several years ago and did not find it detrimental to the practice of the Islamic faith.

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